Wichita police warn of fake oxycodone pills containing fentanyl

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Wichita police say counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl that have made their way into the city and surrounding areas pose a great risk to the public. 

Capt. Jeff Allen said Friday morning that the pills appear from their markings to be legitimate, but they were confirmed to contain fentanyl, a potentially fatal drug. The department's Special Investigations Bureau confirmed two cases with pills seized in the city. 

"The counterfeit pills are being sold as Oxycodone pills and the consumer is unaware that the pills may contain Fentanyl," Capt. Allen said in a news release. "Fentanyl is a highly dangerous drug and can be up to 30-50 times more powerful than heroin and small amounts ingested can be fatal."

Wichita police suspect the counterfeit pills containing may be responsible for overdoses and overdose deaths in Sedgwick County over the past few months. Investigators have also received information about seizures of the counterfeit pills in various surrounding counties. 

"This does pose a great risk to the public," Allen said.

Police remind residents that any narcotic or prescription drug not purchased with a doctor's prescription at a legitimate pharmacy should be considered unsafe and could potentially contain fentanyl or other harmful substances.

If you believe a person has overdosed on fentanyl, call 911 immediately, administer Narcan right away if available, and start rescue breathing. 

Anyone with information about the illegal use or sale of any drug is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111. Those needing help with addiction should call Sedgwick County COMCARE Addiction Treatment Services at (316) 660-1100. 

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